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Free love or a Union of like-minded souls? | Presseurop

With a low turn-out predicted for this June's European elections, Dutch and Romanian political parties are going for the electorate's funny bone - with gadgets, gags and innuendo.

"I fancy having intimate European relations". So goes the slogan on condoms the Green Party has been distributing in The Netherlands - a pun on the Dutch word for sexual intercourse, gemeenschap, which also means "community" depending on the context.... "Humour or despair?" wonders columnist Willem de Bruin in the Volkskrant. That pleasure can help promote the European project, which right now doesn't really "arouse" many young people, is a matter of course in a country known for its laissez-faire mores - and low turn-out in European elections.

by Fran on Thu May 28th, 2009 at 11:54:37 AM EST
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